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Running a 5k is an excellent goal for new runners, and a great entry point distance into what can seem like a daunting sport. The 5k (3.1 miles) is the perfect distance for first-timers - and is a great milestone for any runner to have achieved. Start increasing the amount of time you're running for, building up to the full distance. Good luck!

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“Forgot to update, but I ran my first 5K (The Color Run) back in August. Completed the run in about 25 mins and was in the first 30 people to complete it! :D Going to get back into working towards my next race...let's get that time down! :D”

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Bethany Megan W Run your first 5k Challenge

Contributorgold Bethany Megan W I plan on doing a 5k rainbow run with my sister the day after my 21st birthday, we will see how that goes :')

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well many people walked, most jogged steadily and a few ran it but its more about the experience. They'll likely set people off in groups if you have as many as we did so you can really take as long as you like and do it as you like. Hope you both enjoy it!

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Mark H Run your first 5k Challenge

Contributorgold Mark H The last time I ran a 5km race was on Christmas eve 2014 and as there aren't many of these around I plan to either run it in training or find a cross country race to do this again this year

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Brandy C Run your first 5k Challenge

Contributorsilver Brandy C I'm looking forward to my 1st 5K this Saturday. So nervous and excited all at the same time. Can't wait to mark this challenge Complete:)

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I had my 5k this morning and ran the entire thing. I ran it in 42 mins which I thought was pretty good for my first one. I also wasn't last or really close to last:)

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Jeff C Run your first 5k Challenge

Contributorgold Jeff C My first 5K completed. Crystal City 5K Friday (4/11/14) time: 33:55 Hooray!

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Adrian R Run your first 5k Challenge

Adrian R Some friends and I are doing one of the Color runs in 5 weeks. I'm not a runner... Looking for any advice on where to start. I looked at the C25K stuff. Looks like I might start there, but any other help would be great. Thanks

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Don't feel pressure to be in super great running shape for Color Run. I did my first one today, and the majority of the people walk. I alternated running and walking and finished in about 40 minutes. Do get a good look at the elevation of the course, though. There were some hills I wasn't counting on, and I made the mistake of not bringing my knee brace because I didn't realize I'd need it. If C25K is too boring, the Zombies, Run 5K trainer app is pretty fun.

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Claire W Run your first 5k Challenge

Claire W Tomorrow start training for my first 5k. Have been running for two months now and have completed total beginners program. Can run for 10 minutes straight (at slow pace) and looking forward to building this up. Will complete this before end of April :)

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Don't worry it gets easier, you'll be doing 5k's in no time at all. Have you booked in to an event?

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